Due to the impact of COVID-19, our Ethnic & Gender campus locations are closed until further notice. Our staff is working remotely and available to support you along your Highlander journey. We look forward to being back on campus and supporting you in-person. Please continue to wash your hands, wear a face covering, and maintain physical distance.


Involvment Outreach

Puentes y Puertas 

Outreach is central to Chicano Student Programs. We host well-attended, on-campus conferences for potential UCR students; provide presentations and tours for local schools; and connect our students to the kind of essential service-learning opportunities that have true positive impact. With the passage of Proposition 209, our commitment to outreach is stronger and more important than ever.

Join the effort. Inspire local youth at our annual Chicano/Latino Youth Conference, participate in a motivational school presentation or lead a workshop for Community College Day. Your familia needs you!

This action-packed, one-day annual conference during spring quarter brings more than 500 local high school students to UCR. Its goals include increasing the number of Chicano/Latino students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, promoting cultural awareness, and encouraging social activism.

Attendees participate in workshops, listen to inspirational guest speakers and learn more about their options for higher education and beyond. The conference’s outstanding reputation has led high schools to return year after year.

If you are interested in attending the Chicano/Latino Youth Conference or in helping out as a volunteer, please email Sonia Garcia Avelar at sonia.garcia@ucr.edu. 

The Registration Packet for 2019 can be found below. Email or fax to our office. 

For more than 30 years, this annual one-day, winter quarter event has attracted hundreds of participants from community colleges throughout Southern California. As an increasing number of students begin their college careers at community colleges, the need to reach out to these potential transfer students increases as well.

Participants attend workshops designed to bolster confidence and self esteem, are introduced to role models who have taken similar academic journeys, and get a chance to explore the nuts and bolts of a smooth transition to UCR.

If you are interested in attending Community College Day or in helping out as a volunteer, please email Estella Acuña at estella.acuna@ucr.edu

Community Service Projects

We connect students and staff to multiple rewarding and effective community outreach opportunities. Chicano Student Programs gives motivational presentations at local schools through the Youth Education Motivation Program (YEMP), leads campus tours for visiting groups, and participates in a multitude of events coordinated by student organizations, community centers and public agencies. If you would like to connect to these, or any outreach opportunities at Chicano Student Programs, please contact us.

Student organization MEChA’s spring quarter Dia del Niño Conference is designed to expose children to higher education at an early age. The conference is open to all students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The conference features workshops on subjects such as science, music, math and art plus a “fun facts” tour of UCR’s campus. The whole day is meant to empower students and motivate them to work hard and attend college. 

Summer Outreach

Summer outreach opportunities include our annual PACE Summer Residential Program, the MEChA Summer Leadership Camp and the Latinos in Science Leadership Camp. Contact information for these programs can be found at the links provided.

Campus Tours 

Tour our beautiful campus with its park-like grounds and dynamic new facilities. Hear about our rich history and award-winning faculty.Come, take a walk with us, meet our diverse student family and learn all about UC Riverside's promising future. Schedule a tour today.